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The cost of Freakfest

Last weekend's Halloween celebration on State Street was the most peaceful in five years -- which ironically will make it, for Madison taxpayers, more expensive. >More
 Law change too late for lawyer

David Sparer, a local attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant issues, was a prime mover behind an ordinance passed by the Madison Common Council this month to explicitly affirm the right of tenants to contact building inspectors, join neighborhood associations or form a neighborhood watch. >More
 Why can't this woman get hired?

The other day, Roselind Johnson heard a TV news segment about Dane County's unemployment rate -- 3.6% in August, the lowest in the state. You couldn't prove it by her. >More
 What's in a name?

Mark Nowacki knows what it's like to be at death's door. Four times since 1996, when he was diagnosed with AIDS, he says he's been told, "You're going to die in the next four to six months and there's nothing you can do about it." That's why the decision of Madison's AIDS Network to enter a promotion with Death's Door Spirits upsets him. >More
 Will disabled workers get long-delayed raise?

The other day, Patricia Grillot was "down to $12 in cash with $30 in my checking account with a gas gauge hovering on empty. It's that tight." >More
 Big Bro Comes to Your House

Check out this chilling passage from the city's "Cart Chronicle," delivered to Madison residents along with their new garbage bins:"Microwaves, TV's, Fluorescent Bulbs, Computer Monitors, and CPU's require a fee for collection. Putting these items in your cart is illegal and you could be fined. Our trucks are equipped with cameras that monitor what is emptied and you can be billed for materials illegally placed in your cart." >More
 Patty saga, the final chapter

Early this month, a state appeals court upheld the conviction of Joseph Bong, 31, on multiple felony counts for a 1997 sexual assault of a Madison woman named Patty. >More
 Power snooping

Doug Moe blew it. So did Melanie Conklin. Two weeks back, Watchdog revealed that a relatively new service offered by Madison Gas and Electric allows anyone with access to the Internet to learn the monthly high, low and average energy use of any residence in the utility's service area. (Just go to under "Average Energy Use and Cost.") >More
 Free parking -- or not

Bill Knobeloch, the city of Madison's parking utility manager, isn't sure he likes the new multi-space meters being tried out downtown, but he does think they're the wave of the future. Toronto made the switch years ago, and Chicago is making it now. On a recent vacation, Knobeloch visited cities in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, but "didn't see a single-pole meter" anywhere. >More
 Hold the calls. No, wait...

Sandi Torkildson hates AT&T. She says the phone company's constant calls urging her to switch providers border on harassment. >More
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